A loan of $775 helped to purchase fabric, thread, buttons and other sewing materials.

Rosa Elena's story

Every two weeks, in the city of Santa Ana, known for its beautiful scenery and fresh water beaches that are frequented by many tourists, the communal bank Nueva Luz (New Light) has a meeting.

This is where we meet Señora Rosa. She is 53 years old and a single mother of two grown children. The youngest lives with her.

Señora Rosa learned dressmaking at a local school. She has a small sewing workshop in her home, where she has been sewing all types of clothing for many years. What she likes best is making women's clothing, although she also makes shirts and children's clothing. She works from customers' individual orders and during the back to school season, she makes uniforms for local schools. Señora Rosa works every day from 6:00am until 10:00pm and sometimes even later if she has orders to deliver. She has been in this business for more than 15 years and almost never has a lack of work.

This new loan will be used to purchase fabric, thread, buttons and other sewing materials. This is Señora Rosa's fifth cycle in the communal bank. She likes the bank because the members are very united.

Señora Rosa's dreams are to have a bigger workshop and a store in the town center where she could sell her creations.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Marni Siegal

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